31st May 2023

The Opera for Peace Academy Paris 2023 attracted the interest of major press and media outlets, reporting on “the future great tenors, sopranos or baritones of tomorrow” (Le Figaro Magazine, Jean-Christophe Buisson), to “promote dialogue and international and social inclusion via flights of lyricism – (…) the purpose of Opera for Peace” (Télérama, Dialla Konate).
ELLE wrote:
“(…) thirteen young singers from all over the world are in Paris for the second edition of the Academy of Opera for Peace. (…) During one week, these talents will follow the lessons of great international stars, Etienne Dupuis (Quebecois artist), Thomas Hampson (a legend, currently on stage at the Opéra de Paris) or even Sumi Jo. (…) While the artists are young, barely out of adolescence, many have already experienced the hardship of war uprisings, in countries where their rights as artists are threatened or in peril. For example, the Iranian Soprano Forooz Razavi does not have the right to sing in public in her country. Or what place should be given to lyrical singing in Ukraine while the Russian invasion is underway? It is difficult, in such a context, to focus on the arts.
This is the underlying idea of this project, launched in 2019 by Julia Lagahuzère, former Deputy Casting Director of the Opéra de Paris. How to accompany young lyrical talents from such countries? How to foster social inclusion and promote international dialogue through this art form?
“I’ve been working in the opera world for 20 years,” she explains. “I realized the need to help young people. This art is very lively, it speaks of humanity, this concerns everyone. I really wanted a project to help these young talents. We believe that the artist has a special part in our societies and that they have the power to communicate through emotion. These artists can become the ambassadors of our values of diversity, social inclusion, and equality.”
The Opera for Peace Academy Paris 2023 was featured in the following news and media outlets:
TF1 JT Weekend, LCI “Vis leurs Vies” Documentary, France Culture, France Musique, Radio France, ELLE, Le Figaro Magazine, Télérama, OperaVision, Euradio, Lyrik Magazine, Diapason Magazine, Operawire,, News Tank Culture, Opera China Monthly, amongst others.
Photo Credit: Fabrizio Sansoni